Oliver Drechsel (Photo: Meggie Parlaska)
Oliver Drechsel (DE) – "Dreaming of E."
Oliver Drechsel about his piano piece “Dreaming of E.”:
“Dreaming of E. – eine Liebeskummer-sehnsuchtsvolle, Filmmusik-walzerähnliche Annäherung an die Melodie der ersten 22 Takte Beethovens „Für Elise“ WoO 59. Wenn im Original die Wendung in das hoffnungsvolle C-Dur erfolgt, bricht sich unter der Elisen-Melodie der Anfang von Beethovens Liebeslied „Zärtliche Liebe“ WoO 123 Bahn und bildet den kurzen kontrastierenden Mittelteil. Das Ende des Traums bleibt offen…”
Piano piece “Dreaming of E.” – in concert:
30. August 2018 – world premiere – Klavierhaus Klavins Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano
7. October 2018 – Schloß Raesfeld – Susanne Kessel, piano
6th November – Stadthalle Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano
27. November 2018 – Schmitthalle Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano
14th Dezember 2018 – Klavierhaus Klavins Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano
17th Oktober 2018 – Hotel Königshof, Bonn – Susanne Kesse, piano
6th November 2018 – Stadthalle Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano
25th November 2018 – St. Aposteln, Köln – Markus W. Kropp, piano
14th Dezember 2018 – Klavierhaus Klavins, Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano
21st Dezember 2018 – Wohnstift Beethoven, Bornheim – Susanne Kessel, piano
24th February 2019 – Emmaus-Kirche, Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano
6. June 2019 – Galerie Wechselstrom, Vienna – Susanne Kessel, piano
9th September 2019 – Historisches Gemeindezentrum Bonn – Susanne Kessel, piano
Oliver Drechsel (*1973)
In addition to concerts and CD productions, Oliver Drechsel (*1973) teaches piano at the Music conservatory in Cologne and is also a successful composer, an author of works about music, an editor of music editions as well as an artistic director of some concert series.
As a chamber musician, he performs as “Klaviertrio Köln-Weimar” with Dagmar Spengler and Gernot Süßmuth (solocellist and principal violinist Staatskapelle Weimar), as “Liaison extraordinaire” with Christoph Lahme (harmonium) or in duos with Andreas Herkenrath (solo bassoonist Klassische Philharmonie Bonn) and Berthold Große (solo bassoonist Royal Opera Stockholm)
Oliver Drechsel has an extensive discography. In 1998 his debut-CD of the complete piano works of Jürg Baur was honoured with the “Rheinische Kulturpreis“. For several years he has also focused on the recording of piano music of the 19th century, playing on authentic historical instruments. He is recording the entire piano works of the renowned romantic composer Friedrich Kiel, piano works of the composers Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck (the first Rinck-CD was “star of month” in “Fono Forum”), Johann Wilhelm Wilms and Christian Gottlob Neefe as well as piano sonatas of the romantic composer Ferdinand Hiller. To a large extent these are world premier recordings.
As an author he was commissioned by a special committee which deals with the Rhineland’s musical heritage, to write about the life and works of Jürg Baur, and was the editor of several volumes of piano music in the series “Denkmäler Rheinischer Musik” (Neefe, Wilms, Hiller).
As a composer, Oliver Drechsel received first place in the “International Composition Competition in Siegburg” 1997 and 2007. In 2013 he got a special prize of „Engelbert-Humperdinck-Freunde“ for composing a „Hänsel and Gretel“-Fantasy for cello duo. His compositions are mostly published by Verlag Schottstädt (Mainz) and Edition Dohr (Cologne).
Oliver Drechsel´s pianistic training began with his mother, the concert pianist Ruth Drechsel-Püster. He majored in piano at the Music conservatory in Cologne, where he studied with Roswitha Gediga-Glombitza and Pavel Gililov. Subsequently he rounded off his musical education by participating in master classes held by Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Peter Feuchtwanger and the Alban-Berg-Quartet.